Then there’s another trip to Florida where our van broke down late at night along the highway.
There are the summers we’ve not been able to afford a vacation and have chosen to do a “staycation” instead.
There was the time we divided the family onto three different airlines in an effort to use all our frequent flier miles and afford the cruise we wanted to take. My husband’s flight got cancelled, forcing him to spend the night in an airport and barely arriving in time for the cruise.
There’s our trip to California many years ago when our two children came down with chickenpox the day we left. (My apologies to those who stayed in the hotel rooms after we did on that trip! My husband had to officiate a wedding so we had to make the trip chickenpox or not!)
Let’s face it…there are no perfect vacations!
This I know…from experience.
What I have learned, however, is that I can make or break a vacation when imperfection shows up (and it will!). My attitude will either contribute to the mess or turn it into an opportunity in some way.
I’ve come to understand that when life doesn’t go the way I want, the moment I am in is just as important as the moment I had hoped to experience. Embrace “what is” rather than wish for “what could have been.”
Got vacation plans this summer? Expect them to be imperfect. Expect things to not go as planned.
When imperfections show up, smile to yourself and say, “Of course. This is exactly what I was expecting.”
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